Author Judy Lindquist

The "historical" Author Judy Lindquist!

I wanted to feature author Judy Lindquist for the month of November. She is an exceptional writer of historical fiction as well as a teacher in Orlando. Thank you Judy for answering some of my questions today!:  

 

Me: You are an author of two books "Forcing Change" and "Saving Home." Tell me about your books?   

 

Judy: Both are middle grade Historical fiction, so for kids ages 8-13 years old or so, although I have been told by many adults who have read them that they enjoyed the story and learned something new! “Forcing Change” has also been awarded the 2018 James J Horgan Award for an outstanding publication designed to get kids excited about Florida History and heritage. And it also won the 2018 KidsShelf Books Award for cover art. The artist Michael Hallberg created the beautiful cover art for my publisher, FHS Press  

 

Me: What do you hope readers will take away from your books?  

 

Judy: My vocation in life is to get kids excited about reading, writing, and history. Everything I do from my teaching to my writing is to that end. I would say my hope is that kids realize that history is really just the stories of the lives of those who lived in the past ( and not just dates and dead people!)  

 

Me: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to write books?  

 

Judy: My advice is always to first figure out what it is you want to accomplish with your writing. What is your mission. Then write, write, write, write, and write. Take any feedback you can to help you grow as writer. Persevere. It was a 7 year process to find a publisher for my first book, and in spite of advice to give up and just self-publish, I held on. So do not give up on your dreams. 

 

Me: What are some upcoming events that you are involved with?  

 

Judy: My website and facebook page 

 

www.facebook.com/judy.lindquist.author

www.judylindquist.com 

are always up to date. I do many school visits, book signings, and author events ( usually about one or two a month) so that is the best way to stay up to date.

 

You can buy Judy Lindquist’s books on her website as well as through her publisher ( Florida Historical Society Press) and Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon! Pick up a copy today! 

David Rivas

David Rivas is a Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist/Consultant for NUTEREL a Wellness Through Guided Nutrition. In this featured piece, Rivas talks about his consulting business, his background and the best techniques for healthy living.

Me: Hello David! Thank you for your time today! To introduce yourself to the readers, tell me a little about yourself and your background.

David: I am married to my beautiful wife Jessica, and we have been blessed with two amazing kids, David and Daviana. I met my wife in pharmacy school at the University of Puerto Rico and we graduated together. We moved from Puerto Rico to Orlando, Florida. My wife was pregnant with twins, David Jonathan (DJ) and Daviana, but David Jonathan came with a special package called severe autism. He had aggressive symptoms, hitting his head to the floor, lacking attention and focus, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, an obsession with lining up toys, etc. As pharmacists, we understood that there were no effective medications for autism, but my wife and I refused to give up. I went back to school and became a clinical nutritionist with a Master Degree in Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. I began to realize that the more I improved my son's diet, the better he was getting. I understood the concept of optimizing nutrition. When you get healthy, diseases tend to go away. To get healthy, you need optimal nutrition, exercise, positive lifestyle choices, and high-quality dietary supplements. Now, my son is calm, focused, and has excellent grades in school. He is playing basketball, soccer and loves to swim.

Me: Wow!! So let's talk about  Nuterel (Wellness through Guided Nutrition). What services do you offer  for your clients?

David: We offer nutritional consultation on how to improve our clients' health with a better food selection for an improved focus, concentration, and energy. Our emphasis is to educate families affected by autism. We may also help individuals with conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and autoimmune diseases, which can be improved with a healthy diet. Nutrition empowers people to be in charge of their health. For example, the brain has self-healing mechanisms that are activated by particular foods. When the client becomes aware that eating the right foods can make a healthy version of themselves, they tend to make the right selections. Also, my clients will not feel that they are inside a prison of a particular disease. Having optimal nutrition requires commitment and work, but it is doable, and the benefits are astronomical, like less medical expenses and a clear mind to enjoy life.  I am available for live webinars and speaking engagements. Being a certified John Maxwell speaker and coach helps me in these areas. 

Me: And what is the price ranges for the services  you offer?

David: The initial consultation is priced at $177 and includes a 45 minute consultation, in which I am going to explain an evidence-based nutritional strategy for the particular situation. I will review any deficiencies or interactions caused by medications, an extensive medical history to uncover which problems may be the root cause of a disease, and, more importantly, what may be improved with nutrition, high-quality supplements at the correct dose, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. In autism, the use of nutritious foods and high-quality dietary supplements can be beneficial for hyperactivity, concentration, insomnia, aggression, etc. My total focus is for my clients to have a better quality of life with more energy, focus, less pain, and more freedom to do what they love.

To contact David Rivas:

website 

Email: drivas@nuterel.com

Phone : (407)739-3347

Facebook 

Author Jalyn Isley

Catching up with Author Jalyn Isley!

I wanted to spotlight author Jalyn Isley for this month's featured piece. She is the author of the book "The Fruit of Your Spirit." She is also a success coach and motivational speaker. I had the joy of interviewing Jalyn about her faith and her writings.

 

Me: What is your book about?

 

Jayln: The book shares nine key principles that will help you achieve your purpose and enjoy life along the way.

 

Me: What was your inspiration behind writing your book and what is the message you want your readers to learn from your books?

 

Jayln: I was inspired to write this book during a time in my life when I was blessed to have an amazing career, family and lifestyle, but I was also stressed out and unfulfilled. God showed me nine important principles that would change all of that for me. Those principles are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control. When we operate from these principles, the fruit of our spirits will be a purpose-driven, fulfilling life that allows us to leave a great legacy in this world.

 

Me: What advice would you give others wanting to write a book for the first time or those who want to start a writing career?

 

Jayln: If you are looking to write a book or start a career in writing, get an accountability partner as soon as possible! It’s so easy to put off writing, but the world misses out when we do not share our message. This is an important calling – we wouldn’t have the Bible if people neglected to write down their messages. So get an accountability partner to help you prioritize your book and career. You were born to write!

 

Me: Do you have another project or book you are working on? Do you have any speaking engagements coming up? If so, can you explain.

 

Jayln: Yes, I’ll be speaking on career advancement at the Educated & Broke event on October 13th. https://www.facebook.com/events/617220688680216/

I am also working on a project that encourages all of us to use our faith and spiritual teachings when we are at work. 

 

You can contact Jayln here:

 Instagram: JalynIsley

Facebook: Jalyn Isley – Success Coach

YouTube: Jalyn Isley

LinkedIn: Jalyn Isley LLC

Contact: https://www.jalynisley.com/contact-jalyn

 

You can purchase Jayln's book here:  https://www.jalynisley.com/shop

Author Jaimie Engle

For the month of September, I wanted to feature Author Jaimie Engle who has written such book titles as "Write a Book that Doesn't Suck" and “Metal Mouth.” Jaimie gives advice to authors, shares her books and talks about her love of reading and writing.

Me: Thank you for being here today, Jaimie. Tell me and the readers a little bit about yourself.

Jaimie: I am a mother of two boys, a real estate agent with my husband, and the owner of a hound dog named Ahsoka. I am a total goofball who could live on coffee and macaroni ‘n’ cheese, if need be. One of my favorite things to do is geek out with readers on Goodreads and inspire kids on TikTok. It is so awesome that authors can just “talk” to people they don’t know who have read their books. It makes me feel like I’m truly making a difference in a kid’s life when I can offer them hope in 15 seconds or less.

Me: You have written quite a few books. What advice would you give to those who are aspiring authors?

Jaimie: If you want to be an author, you must READ and you must WRITE. In reading, you will begin to develop muscle memory to cadence of story and language, truth in dialogue, pacing, and character/story arcs. You also need to write a lot of stories and poems that will never see the light of day. If you think about an athlete, the majority of their time is spent training, not performing. Most aspiring authors have great stories to tell, but they don’t spend enough time training before they think they are ready to perform, and that brings about bad reviews, rejections, and discouragement for a gift that simply wasn’t ready to be shared with the world…yet. I have a great book called “Write a Book that Doesn’t Suck” that goes into details about ways to improve craft. There is also a great Facebook group of the same name that any author is welcome to join.

Me: Great advice! And you mentioned your book title "Write a Book that Doesn't Suck." Tell me about some of your other books.

Jaimie: My most recent fiction novel “Metal Mouth” was an Editor’s Choice by Kirkus and a recipient of the Publisher’s Weekly Book Life Prize in Fiction (2020). It’s about a girl who gets struck by lightning, and then her braces start transmitting a boy’s voice in her head. She has to figure out if he’s real and if so, why has the universe brought them together? It’s a magical YA romance that touches on deep issues such as drinking, self-image, and boundaries with boys. It received such rave reviews by fans and teachers, that I have outlined a dual book from the boy’s POV that I will work on next year. And my next book launches on 11/24/2020… the second book in the Clifton Chase Adventure series: “Clifton Chase on Castle Rock.” In book 2, Clifton is back in the past to help Robin Hood on an adventure, only he might be able to change the future for his friend in the past….

Me: And what do you hope your readers will gain from reading your books?

Jaimie: I write realistic fiction that questions reality, where every day kids become heroes. When I read a book, I want to leave my life…my problems, my fears, my past…and find myself lost in another world and in another’s shoes. I close a book and want to feel like I can become a better person, that I’ve learned something about life or relationships between the pages that I can apply to my own situations. I hope when people read my books they are transported to a world they never knew existed to discover truths about themselves and the world around them. I hope I leave behind a small footprint that can change the world one reader at a time.

To connect with Author Jaimie Engle:

Website

Goodreads 

@JaimieEngleAuthor on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and Snapchat

Jaimie Engle's book "Write a Book that Doesn't Suck"

Christian Author Jonnie Kidd Whittington

I wanted to feature Christian author Jonnie Kidd Whittington on my blog post for the month of September. This writer, piano teacher and VLOGgger has gained momentum with her stories of heart, family and faith!

Me: So Jonnie, you have written several books. What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Jonnie: I have 4 tips To Aspiring Writers 1. Start writing today! Don’t put it off. The right time is now. You already know what you want to write about. Write the first chapter. You can always change it later. 2. Write a mind map. This is fun and very useful. It will help you understand your theme and give you an outline for your chapters. 3. Make an appointment with yourself for a time to write and keep that appointment every day that you have scheduled. 4. Study marketing so that you know what to do with your book when it’s written.

Me: Those are great tips! And what do you hope your audience will gain by reading your books? 

Jonnie: I hope my readers are informed, instructed, and entertained by my 4-book Kidd Family Series. I hope they will draw closer to God as they gain knowledge about Him and His Word through my 5 book Bible Study books.  I hope children are enlightened and enthused about having good social skills, and learn to play the piano through my Katy Kidd Children’s books which are 4 readers and 4 coloring books.  I hope older readers are encouraged to write their story because of my Late Bloomer book.

Me: What inspired you to write your first book?

Jonnie: I was first inspired to write when after prayer for new Sunday School lessons, it felt as if God took my hand and guided me to mark in my Bible the outline for what I knew, at that moment, would become a Bible study book - my first book - Building Your House. I find ideas for my books from life, the Bible and other books, sermons, and people.

Me: Now, you are not JUST a writer. You have a Vlog. Tell me about that!

Jonnie: I have a blog that has turned into a Vlog called Hidden Treasures where many of my nearly 100 videos appear on You Tube. My channel is Turnaround Tuesday Bible Study. I have videos from my three Bible study books I wrote: 1. Wives of the Bible, 2. Building Your House, 3. Protecting Your House from Pests. Currently, I am doing Stories, Poems and Songs. 

Me: What is next for you? 

Jonnie:  I am currently working on a 2nd book of Wives of the Bible and also ghost writing a novel about a woman's family story called Follow Your Heart, and producing another video every week for Turnaround Tuesday Bible Study on YouTube. I will soon launch my online Jonnie Notes Piano Lessons. Fun fact, If you want to learn to play the piano, I could teach you and will soon come out with online lessons. After 50 years I still teach private lessons and love it just like I did the first time I taught!

To purchase Jonnie Kidd Whittington's books: 

Amazon

To watch Jonnie's Vlog: 

Youtube

To follow Jonnie on social media: 

Facebook

Just some of Jonnie Kidd Whittington's book titles

Andy Carpenter, the face behind Voices of Freedom

Voice of Freedom is a forum for poets to express "colorful images and textured expressions...

written in forward thinking ways that resonate with people from all walks of life." I wanted to feature Andy Carpenter, the man behind this unique creative outlet on my blog post for the month of August.

 

Me: So Andy, what inspired you to create Voices of Freedom?

Andy: I believe that poetry has found itself unnecessarily in the dark. When most  people hear the word "poetry" they are put off by ideas of needlessly long words and strict, traditional technique...this is not the poetry of today and not the means of expression I surround myself in. By selecting the right artists and using the correct methods of reach I strive to reach people who previously have not been exposed to work that can speak to them. The colourful images and textured expressions I aim to share are written in modern, forward thinking ways that resonate with people from all corners of the world and all walks of life. Poetry can have a much bigger place in the world today and aim to make steps to achieve this.

Me: What is Voices of Freedom and why is the forum so unique?

Andy: Voices of Freedom is an extremely small group of 26 people with no aims to grow or expand our numbers. The artists have been carefully selected to represent many cultures and ages so the images and thoughts our work creates can resonate with large numbers of readers. We work with a zero pressure and zero expectation  which drives an environment perfect for the highest levels of creation. As a team we contribute to anthologies (Winding Path of Life / Dreamer), proof read / edit, book production and marketing. We have artists in the group that create wonderful paintings and drawings that accompany our work in our books.  Our aim is not to make money, but to share and drive poetry forward and reach as many people with the art we so passionate about.

Me: Tell me more about your books!

Andy: I have made two Voices of Freedom Books the first was called "The Winding Path of Life" and the second was called "Dreamer". "The Winding Path of Life" attempts to be a concept book and take the reader on a journey from our earliest steps to our final breathes. The group was a little smaller then with only 12 contributors from UK, USA, Nigeria, Philippines and Canada. We explore the human relationship with the journey of life and the experiences we encounter as we proceed on this journey.  The second book I made for Voices of freedom is called "Dreamer" and it is a beast of an Anthology spanning over 250 pages with 20 contributors from UK, USA, Phillipines, Nigeria, India, Canada and South Africa.  "Dreamer" explores our hopes, dreams, fears and nightmares and was the biggest project I have ever taken on. All our books are available via Amazon.

Me: What do you hope your audience will gain from reading your books?

Andy: I hope our words will resonate with them and that they are able to emotionally connect with us. If just one person read our work and then wrote their first poem and began their poetic journey I would be delighted.

Me: What is next for Voices of Freedom? Another book?

Andy: We are currently building Anthology 3 "As a Matter of Ink". We have moved away from a concept for this book and it is a collection of our finest works. This is still a long way from being ready. We work slowly, continually focussing on quality and giving ourselves the time we need to remain creative poets.  We are only at the start of our journey but by working with a smile on our face we will continue to grow, meet the right people and work towards our goals.

 To purchase the Voices of Freedom Anthologies:

Amazon

To connect with Voices of Freedom: 

Facebook

 

 

The Voices of Freedom's 2nd Anthology "Dreamer"

Christian Musician: Jacki Drane

For the month of August, I wanted to spotlight a Christian musician, Jacki Drane!

 

  Me: What would you say is the hardest part as a musician?  

 

Jacki: In music there is quite a bit of waiting. I’m a person that likes everything to go fast, so waiting on things in any kind of process is always hard for me. With music, especially producing songs, it often feels like you hurry up to wait. Sometimes I struggle to not become discouraged during those waiting periods. I also feel like I have learned quite a bit in the seasons of waiting (like that I need to be a little more patient). Even though waiting is hard, I am thankful for how it has taught me that it is ok to slow down sometimes and make sure I get things right instead of rushing.  

 

Me:  How do you come up with your own lyrics?

 

  Jacki: Usually I write songs after contemplating different passages of Scripture or when I am processing something with the Lord in prayer. So, honestly, most of my lyrics are just born out of heartfelt prayer that I put to piano or guitar. I have found that singing what is in my heart as a prayer to the Lord helps me really think about what I am saying, and singing about Scripture helps me to really break down and think about what is written in God’s Word.

 

  Me: What is the process involved in the making of an album for your songs?  

 

Jacki: So far I’ve only released one album (though we are working on something right now). It takes a few years of writing, and then we pick which songs will go on the album and fit the feel of what I want to come across. Most of the songs I write don’t ever make it to an album. With my first album, Prepare the Way, the focus was having a life focused and centered the Kingdom of God. Once I’ve written many songs, we select the ones that fit best. From there, I will meet with my producer, get into the studio, and start working. The whole process usually takes at least a year or two.  

 

Me: What advice would you give anyone who’s looking to go into a music career?

 

  Jacki: I’d say you have to believe in yourself and really love what you do. Don’t wait on someone else to believe in you, believe in yourself and get to work. And IT WILL BE WORK. You have to practice. You have to work to be the best you possibly can be and then work to become even better. You have to be willing to hear the word “no” over and over again and not give up. If you don’t love it, you likely won’t get very far. Pursuing music can be really discouraging at times. If you do love it, you won’t really care about the discouraging moments because ultimately you love what you do and believe in the music you are creating.  

 

For more information about Jacki and her music, you can visit her website: 

 

www.chialphamemphis.com/Jackidrane

 

Or go to her facebook page: 

 

 https://www.facebook.com/jackidranemusic/   

 

 

 

 

Audio Book Producer Nicola MacCameron

Nicola MacCameron is an Audio Book Producer who is unique as she claims  she has "African in my soul, British in my upbringing, and Canadian in most other things. My voice reflects that diversity and variety and versatility." Let's welcome Nicola as my featured guest!

For the month of July, I wanted to feature Audio Book producer Nicola MacCameron. She has narrated pieces with such authenticity, turning the stories into audiobook-masterpieces. She has narrated a collection of works including nonfiction, fiction and children's books, including my own book The Creation Project. Thank you Nicola for taking the time to speak with me today!

Me: Welcome Nicola! First...why don't you tell me a little about yourself. Who is the woman behind the voice? 

Nicola: I am a highly sensitive creative being made in God's image. He has been a constant presence in my life since I was gravely ill as a 5 year old. Many years later I realized the "Presence" overshadowing my bed was actually Jesus, holding my life in safety. I love people! I believe community is our most important resource and I love to foster unlikely connections. I love animals and am happy to say they seem to know I won't hurt them. I love children and the Colour Fairy Series by Maggie Jeffrey gives me vibrant contact with them through readings at nursery schools and birthday parties. I am African in my soul, British in my upbringing, and Canadian in most other things. My voice reflects that diversity and variety and versatility. I married my high school sweetheart 30 years ago and we have one highly independent, world changing, creative daughter to our credit. 

Me: Now, you have narrated quite a few books! Your books range from fiction to nonfiction and children's books! Do you have a book that you can say was your favorite to work on? 

Nicola : I don't play favorites. I invest myself in the project at hand with all my heart and soul. That said, I get a different rush of joy and creative satisfaction from fiction that brings God into sharper focus.  I love the demand on my own emotions and the personal connection that fosters. I hope that echoes in our listeners' hearts.  I am constantly auditioning for brilliant stories written by wonder-inducing authors. Truly the variety is stimulating!

Me: What advice would you give to others looking to be an audio book producer?

Nicola: Be wise in the projects you undertake. It takes time to know yourself - how your voice is going to react to the demands, how you'll find the time to sit in the closet, how fast you can complete the tasks that can be monotonous. To build your reputation, shoot for the top i.e. audition for the high selling projects, but don't be so proud that you won't take the humbler projects on your way to being a top producer.

Me: What inspired you to be an audio book producer?

Nicola: Humanity inspires me. Resilience, Grace, Adaptability, Creativity and just plain whackiness! It's the most fun I can have with all the characters in my head!  I regularly hear people say they like my voice, or that the way I speak is intriguing enough that they want to keep listening.

Me: Are there any new books or upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

Nicola: I am presently narrating The Long Lost Fantasy by Ella Rose Carlos. A young warrior discovers a dark secret that links his tribe's leadership to long held prejudices and crumbing lies.

To purchase Nicola's audio books: 

Books2Read Carousel

 

To connect with Nicola: 

Twitter   

Blog

 

If you want to support Nicola: 

Patreon  

 

Just some of Nicola's audio book titles

Fiction Author Susan Bushell

Fiction Author Susan Bushell talks about her books "The Descendants Series" and what to expect with Book #4! Read her full interview on my featured segment for the month of June!

For the month of June, I wanted to feature  Fiction Author Susan Bushell. Her writings are a blend of mystery, history and spirituality. Thank you for taking the time to speak to me about your books and writings! 

Me: So, tell me a little about your books.

Susan: The Descendants Series is a blend of mystery, historical and spiritual fiction. The first three in the series are: The Acceptance, The Promise and The Revelation. The main body of the series follows one of twelve modern day disciples as she searches for something that has been hidden for centuries. Will she find what she seeks or is it the journey that changes her and the world around her. All will be revealed in book four, which I am currently writing.

Me: That sounds like a fascinating read! What do you hope your readers will take away from your books?

Susan: That we are never alone, and light overcomes darkness.

Me: Great message! What makes your books unique than similar books in your genre?

Susan: I have been told my books are more spiritual than religious. The twelve disciples, like the original disciples, are empowered and guided to bring hope, knowledge and love to the world. Offering assistance and guidance to those suffering or in need.

Me: Now, you've been very successful as a writer. What is your advice for anyone wanting to be an author?

Susan: Write your passion, keep writing and learning. There are so many wonderful learning sources for authors available online.

Me: What’s next for you? You mentioned you're currently writing a book now. 

Susan: I am currently working on several books, one being the last in The Descendants series.

 

To connect with Author Susan Bushell: 

 website 

Faceboook

Twitter  

 

Purchase her books here: 

Amazon 

 

The first three books in The Descendants Series

Author Brian Wray

Brian Wray is the author of the children's book, "Unraveling Rose." Brian focuses his stories on mental and emotional issues children face, hoping his books will  empower and entertain his readers!

Me: Thank you Brian for joining me today! Tell me about your book, "Unraveling Rose."

Brian: "Unraveling Rose" is the story of a little stuffed bunny named Rose, with a big worry that won't leave her alone. I think that most can identify with what it's like to have a worry that doesn't go away, so I hope that a lot of people will relate to Rose. I was inspired to write "Unraveling Rose", because I was a lot like Rose when I was child. It occurred to me that there might be children who could benefit from a story that focuses on obsessive thoughts. It is estimated that 1 in 100 children suffer from OCD. That's millions of children worldwide.

Me: Very insightful! And what advice would you give to anyone who wants to write a children's book?

Brian: If I could offer any advice to people just getting started it would be two things. First, write about something that has meaning for you. Second, don't forget that it's a craft and keep working at it. It will take time.

Me: How did you decide to jump into being an Author?

Brian: I'm originally from Cincinnati, and have been writing stories for as long as I could put words together. It has always been a passion of mine. I had the opportunity to write for Disney, and it inspired me to shift my focus to telling stories for children.

Me: What do you hope your readers will gain from reading "Unraveling Rose"?

Brian: The stories that I tell focus on children's mental and emotional health issues. First, I hope they are entertained by them. I also hope that they can be inspired by them. When children have the opportunity to see themselves in a story, it let's them know that they are not alone in their experience. That can be empowering.

Me: Are there any upcoming books or projects you are currently working on?

Brian: I am very excited about my next book, due out in September. It's called "Maia and the Very Tall Wall", and it's the story of a young girl discovering the power of using her voice and the possibilities that can come with speaking up and how one’s voice can change things for the better.

Connect with Author Brian Wray:

Facebook 

Instagram 

Twitter 

Website 

 

To purchase "Unraveling Rose"

Amazon 

Author Karen Whiting

Karen Whiting is a full-time Christian Author of 26 books! This mother of 5 and grandmother of 12 hopes her books help families build strong bonds through the entertaining and inspirational messages on her pages.

Karen spared a few moments out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for me for my blog interview! 

Me:  You've written so many books! Tell me about your most newest book!

Karen: My newest book is perfect for the time we’re in right now. It’s called 52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve. Inside the book are hands-on activities related do-votions where families can read a story and a Bible story plus activities to apply the Word. These stories focus on people who serve us in our communities and nations. This is a time when service workers have been busy caring for us. It’s also a time of being home as a family that allows us to connect with God

Me:  What advice would you give to those who want to be authors full-time?

Karen: Go to conferences to make connections and understand the industry. Find where you fit. It’s hard to ever be full-time with simply writing books. You need to also be speaking, writing articles and other things than just writing books.

Me: Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Karen: I never wanted to write although I do have 26 published  books. I am a mathematician. For years many people suggested I start writing and share all the activities I did with my family. When I prayed, God called me to write. I started to write, attended a conference, and started getting published in a rather  short time. I will continue until the Lord wants me to stop.

Me: What do you love most about the writing process?

Karen: The creativity! I am so free to splash my creativity across the pages.  It’s great to be able to write on topics I’m passionate about and share that passion with my readers. That includes my love of bread baking (The Gift of Bread book) that for me is all about family, conversations around the table, growing up in the restaurant business, and understanding Jesus, the Bread of Life. I hope readers will savor bread a little more with friends too! 

Me:  What is next for you? Any new books or projects? 

Karen: I am currently  writing a devotional for mothers. It should be released next year. Moms often have doubts and wonder if they are making the best choices for their families. They want to be affirmed, so that is part of what’s at the heart of what I am writing. I love being a mom of 5 and grandma of 12, and I want to share stories that bring hope and impart ideas to today’s moms. I also continue to write articles you can find at Leading Hearts, The Christian Communicator, and Crosswalk.com

 

To connect with Author Karen Whiting: 

Website

Facebook

Twitter

 

 

Evangelists Carl and Terri Harris

For decades, evangelists Carl and Terri Harris have traveled  from coast to coast, preaching the good news of the Gospel and bringing the message of Hope to the nations. 

I interviewed Carl Harris where he opened up about his family, his revival services and what he loves most about working for years in the ministry. 

Me: First, I want to say ...I am a huge fan of you and Terri! Your ministry has really influenced me in my faith! To begin,  go ahead and introduce Carl Harris Ministries.

Carl: Terri and I  are  evangelists that travel and preach from Coast to Coast and Border to Border. We have pioneered churches in Kenya, Africa and have recently made plans to impact the Marianas Islands with the Gospel. We have 8 musical albums and we LOVE doing what we do. It is a blessing to minister to God’s people. In the process we have seen thousands rededicated to Him and many first timers coming into relationship with Him. We have also seen many miracles of healing. Just recently in Perryville, AR, we had a Pastor’s mother-in-law come up for prayer for cancer. The doctor wanted to start her on Chemo. She went back to the doctor who could not find any cancer in her body. In another meeting in Altoona, PA, a man requested prayer for his sister who had been released to home hospice. She had stage 4 lung cancer. The very next morning, hospice showed up and removed their beds saying that they had made a mistake. There was nothing on her lungs but scars. God is still in the healing business!

Me: Wow! Remarkable stories! Share with me the origin story and how your ministry started.

Carl:  I was born in Louisville, Kentucky. My Dad loved the bar but mom raised my brother, David and me to serve God. I wanted to be respected by my dad more than anything and it felt like I just could not measure up. One day (I was about 16 or 17 and already ministering in home meetings), he came in a little drunk and said, “Son, do you know how to do good in this church?” Before I could answer, he did, “Tell ‘em what they wanna hear! It’s what the rest of ‘em do. If you do it, you’ll do good in this church thing! You might even have a little money!” Then, he turned and walked off. A couple years later, he repeated the same scenario but I responded, “The problem is dad, God called me to tell them the truth not what they want to hear.” He spun on his heals and strutted out. My mother walked into the room and asked, “What did you say to your dad?” I told her and asked, “He’s pretty mad at me isn’t he?” “No,” she replied. “He just said, ‘I really respect that kid!’ ” A few years after that, I saw my dad come into the auditorium of a little church in Lebanon Junction, KY. At the end of the service I was able to lead my own dad to the Lord.

Me: Such a touching story! What advice would you give to those who want to go into ministry full-time?

Carl: If I were to give advice for those wanting to go into full time ministry I would say: Don’t. If you can do ANYTHING else, do that. If you can’t, then maybe you’re called. Ministry is about the calling. God calls and we obey. It is not about what we want to do... it is about what He wants us to do. People who are driven internally to entertain are not ministers. They are entertainers. When God calls, even if there are only 15 people in the pews, there is contentment because of the obedience to the call. Be diligent because at the end of the day, it is God you will stand in front of. Strive to hear “Well done you good and faithful servant.”

Me: What do you love most about working in the ministry?

Carl: The thing I love the most about the ministry is seeing God change someone’s life. I have seen God do many miracles in people’s bodies and that is always amazing. I have watched as spines straighten. I have seen the shock on faces as the pain they have been enduring for years disappears. Those things are always a blessing. However, the thing that blesses me the most is when I have someone walk up to me and say they remember when I came to their church years ago and they rededicated their life to God or they came to Him for the first time and they have never been the same. There is nothing like that!

To connect with Carl Harris and his ministry:

Website

Facebook

 

 

 

 

Pastor and Christian Author Jay McCaig

Pastor and Christian Author Jay McCaig asks us to FOCUS on his debut book about 5 Critical Areas for Spiritual Growth for Christians and Churches! 

I wanted to spotlight Christian Author Jay McCaig for this month's featured piece. He is the author of the book "Focus: Five Critical Areas of Spiritual Growth For Christians and Churches." He is also a Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in St. Cloud, FL.  I had the joy of interviewing Jay about his faith and his book!  

Me: Jay, Thank you for sitting down with me today. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Jay: I was born in Lakeland, FL and although I have traveled to many places in the world, I have always made my home here in Florida. My wife Vee and I have three children and ten amazing grandbabies! I am the Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in St Cloud, FL and Staff Chaplain at St Cloud Regional Medical Center. Oh yeah, Go Gators!

Me: I love how you are so active in the community! Let's talk about your book, "Focus." Tell me about your debut Nonfiction piece! 

Jay: Each of the letters in the title of FOCUS represents a different area of spiritual growth. F – Freedom; O – Others; C – Cross; U – Understanding; S – Salvation. Each topic is unpacked in a simple, easy to understand way to help the reader take their next step of personal spiritual growth and draw closer to Christ. I also added some tips in case another Pastor wants to adapt the lessons for their own use and some follow up questions to help the reader go deeper into the topic, if the desire.

Me: I love that! And What do you hope readers will take away from your books?

Jay: I hope that people take away that growing spiritually doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Quite the contrary, God desires our growth and has His power to see it happen. We simply must do the things He tells us in His Word.

Me: Since you are a pastor, I want to ask you..what is some advice on anyone wanting to go into Christian ministry?

Jay: Make sure it is a calling and not just a desire. Desires are powered by us and often fall short. Callings, on the other hand, are empowered by Christ and His power never falls short. I know many Pastors standing in the pulpit today that view the Pastorate as nothing more than a way to get a paycheck.

Me: Great advice! What’s next for you? Any events or ideas for new books in the future?

Jay: I am working on a series of books exploring the Christian disciplines and how to implement them into our daily life. I have also started recording “5 Minute Sermons” live on my Facebook page and archiving them on my Youtube channel. I am hoping that I can give simple understanding to complex topics/issues in a super short format that doesn’t waste peoples time with a lot of chatter and fluff.

To purchase "Focus":

Amazon

To connect with Jay McCaig: 

Website

Facebook

 

Make sure to check out Jay's Youtube channel: 

YouTube

 

Musician Bill Kincaid

Talented Musician Bill Kincaid takes a break from his performing to talk about his music!

Thank you so much Bill Kincaid for allowing me to feature you on my blog! The Kincaid Band performs constantly at events and music halls around East Tennessee. I'm so happy you, the lead guitarist, could sit down with me and let others get to know the man behind the music. 

Me: We'll get started. What got you inspired to play music and to be in a band? 

Bill: I grew up singing in church and I always liked musicals espcially Wizard of Oz which is my all time favorite. I asked my parents if I could play in the school band and my dad, who  was a  drummer in his  high school marching band , advised me to play something where I  can learn to read music. My very first instrument was a Clarinet. 

Me: That so fun that music had such an impact on you at an early age. I have to know, who is your all time favorite musician and why?

Bill: It's a tie between Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. I love listening to Jimi because the way he played guitar then... nobody else was doing that... and with the hair, the clothes and the loud amps.. I said “I want to do that”. With The Beatles, I have to say it's  because when I was a "wee lad".. that’s all you heard on the radio and to this day when I hear their music it takes me back to when I was a teenager.

Me: I especially like The Beatles song "Good day Sunshine." I don't know why, but I always thought they were talking directly to me. So, What is your favorite gig/concert that you ever played and why?

Bill:  Years ago, my band opened up for Molly Hatchett  and the place was packed. They called out our name... we hit the stage... and boom! I didn’t know where I was for the first few minutes of our first song!!  Thank goodness for our bassist who came over and nudged me and then I was like "Oh, we are playing for several thousand people!"  After that song, the set   was over in 40 minutes... fastest 40 minutes of my life. It was a great thrill!

Me: I'll bet that was a rush! And finally, what is your advice for anyone wanting to get into the music industry?

Bill: Be as good as possible on your skills, playing, singing, etc..… Read up on what other folks have done. Go see local musicians .. you can learn a lot from watching. When you are ready find a local place that have “jam nights” and go in with your band or solo and see how you stand. Don’t stand pat..keep trying to be better! 

To follow  Bill Kincaid and the Kincaid Band and to view their upcoming events, visit their page: 

The Kincaid Band! 

 

 

 

Bill Vincent / Author, Minister and Founder of RWG Publishing

Author Bill Vincent celebrates a new book release! "Word of the Lord: Prophetic Word for 2020" is available now!  I wanted to feature this Minister and Founder of RWG Publishing to find out more about his books and his advice. If you are in need of a Christian publisher, look no further than RWG Publishing!

Me: Welcome Bill! Congrats on your new book release "Word of the Lord: Prophetic Word for 2020."  What can readers expect from your new book?

Bill: "Word of the Lord: Prophetic Word for 2020"  is exactly what the title says. For 27 years of ministry, God has used me to speak Words concerning our country and the world. This is my first book that includes the full prophetic word. It is good to have knowledge of what God is going to do and the enemy’s plans are.

Me: Sounds like a gread read! What inspired you to write "Word of the Lord"?

Bill: With all that is going on right now, God has been speaking about it in great detail and I believe it is needed for all of us right now. I am hoping my books will inspire  my readers  to get closer with God. 

Me: You have written quite a few books! What advice would you give to those who want to be authors full-time?

Bill: Be patient. I wrote and published 10 books before they started selling. I even published one book with a traditional publisher and still had a rough start.

Me:  Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you decided to jump into being an author and working in publishing?

Bill: I’ve been in Ministry for over 27 years. I worked in printing and publishing companies for about 15 years before I ever wrote a book. I was a pastor of a church from 2004 to 2010 and was led by God to step away from that position. I had a lot of free time from 2010 to 2012, so I began writing and publishing books. I had about 10 books in the first year, published. Then some people asked me for help and one thing led to another and I started my own publishing company.

To connect with Bill Vincent: 

Facebook

Twitter

Website

To purchase Bill newest book "Word of the Lord" on Amazon: 

Ebook

Paperback

Hardcover

Author Delores Leggett Walker

Christian Author Delores Walker celebrates new book release!

 

I am here with author Delores Leggett Walker who is celebrating the releases of her new book Daughtry. Delores is a Christian Fiction author who is passionate about her work and celebrates stories that talk about romance, history, friendship and a continual dependence on God.

 

Me: Your new book Daughtry was just released! Tell me about it!

 

Delores: Daughtry is the second novella in my Destiny Diaries Series and is available at Amazon in paperback and ebook versions.

 

All of my books are listed at Amazon. Those include the Promise Trilogy (Legend of PromiseGathering PromisesPromises Kept), Sailor (Book one in the Destiny Diaries Series), and Daddy’s Supper Tales.

 

Me: What genre would you say your books fall under?

 

Delores: My books are Christian Fiction. They are jam-packed with life, not the preachy side of life, but the kind that tells stories about everyday folks and how they find answers to life-changing situation with God’s help.

 

Me: Describe your books. What can we expect from your stories? 

 

Delores: The Promise Trilogy chronicles a short time period in the life of Loren Taylor, who at the death of her grandmother discovers a beautiful Civil War quilt that leads her on a journey to North Georgia to learn its history. Along the way, she is pursued by an evil man that tries to take her inheritance and all that it represents and is introduced to the love of her life, a U.S. Marshal named Colton Shaw.

 

Sailor is a novella that deals with hidden pain that stems from personal tragedy. Although she appears to be the picture of a successful business woman on the outside, Sailor is still the twelve-year-old child that was brutally raped on the inside. Love offered freely for who she is now, is finally able to break through the pain her soul had harbored for so long.

 

Daddy’s Supper Tales is a family memoir of sorts. I share some of my daddy’s most beloved stories that he told nightly around our family supper table, plus a little family genealogy and photos. This was mostly written for family, but after repeated requests from others I decided to share it with everyone.

 

Daughtry follows the romance of two very different people after they find three items that tie their family destines together. Set at an archeological dig in South Dakota, the story travels to New York and then on to Kinsale, Ireland. A certain meadow in Ireland was the place of rejected love in the 1700’s, but destiny brings the descendants of that love back to the same meadow for the rebirth of what was meant to be from the beginning.

 

A little bit about Author Delores Walker: As of now her Promise Trilogy is in the hands of a Christian movie producer, she has done a commercial with Kraft Corporation, and her books are available at Amazon and in several stores and book stores. She also  writes a bi-weekly column called Afterthoughts for the TaCoTimes in Perry, Florida. She ends her interview  by saying,  "In my 75th year of life I just might have stumbled into my life’s calling."

 

You can contact Delores on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PromiseSeries/

 

And you can buy her books on: 

 

Amazon

 

 

 

David Aldrich, Creator of The Captain Accurate Weather App

Meteorologist David Aldrich  is  the creator of The Captain Accurate Weather App, which debuted as the Number 2 Weather App in the United States! I talked to David about his free App and the importance of being up-to-date on the ever-changing weather patterns!

Me: Welcome David!  Congratulations on the success of your  Weather App!  Tell me about the Captain Accurate Weather App and it’s alerts and features!

David: The Captain Accurate Weather App is a daily weather resource for your smartphone, providing current conditions & forecasts. You will find radar, satellite imagery, and temperature on an easy-to-use and fluid map.  The Captain Accurate Weather App, with the technology support of Baron Services of Huntsville, Alabama, will notify your phone ANYTIME if strong to severe weather is on the way wherever you live. You can even register up to 16 people or places that are important to you for the Safety Net Alerts.

Me: Wow! There are so many useful features on your App! It can can signal severe weather, winter weather, fog, wind and heat alerts as well!  Tell me about your blog and merchandise line.

David: The Captain Accurate weather blog is a daily blog that is focused on weather for the Knoxville area and throughout East Tennessee.  Last summer, I began selling Captain Accurate T-Shirts and gear and giving 100% of my proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Knoxville. Hundreds of dollars have been raised so far and, of course, it is for a great cause. 

Me: That is such a worthy cause! What inspired you to create your app?

David: I wanted to make a weather difference in East Tennessee. I believe the Captain Accurate Weather App does that because it will notify you instantly on your smartphone or iPad any warnings, watches or advisories you or your loved ones may be under from the National Weather Service. It will also tell you if lightning has been detected within 15 miles of your location. If you are provided critical weather intelligence in real time, you can make smart decisions for you and your family. Dangerous storms, hail, wind, flooding or even tornadoes may eventually strike your neighborhood. The key is to be ready to go into your safe room. Having the information on your smartphone or iPad just makes sense.

Me: That sounds incredibly efficient!  What is next for you? Any Upcoming projects?

David: New platforms. Since November 2019, I have launched a Captain Accurate podcast, website, Winter Weather Outlook for East Tennessee and The Captain Accurate Weather App. I also want to continue to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Knoxville in 2020. 

To connect with Meteorologist David Aldrich:

Facebook

To find about more about David, his App, his blog and merchandise line: 

Website

To download for FREE The Captain Accurate Weather App

Google Play

& The App Store

Just search: Captain Accurate

 

 

The Captain Accurate Weather App - Free to download!

Sports-themed Author Jordan Lyons

I wanted to feature Author Jordan Lyons on my blog post for the month of December. Jordan talks about his two books, his passion for creativity and his love of sports!

 

Me: Welcome Jordan! You authored two books! Tell me about your fiction and nonfiction pieces!

Jordan:  My fiction novel is called Crunch Time Cam. It's a story of a boy, Cameron Flint, who dreams of being a basketball star. He has two older brothers who actually are stars on the local high school basketball team. Cam hopes he can follow in their footsteps one day, but he has a few years to go. He's just finally old enough to join the local rec league and wants to make a name for himself there. He's immensely talented, having played many games against his older brothers, but his new teammates are beginners. Some have never even played basketball before. As the story progresses it explores the themes of friendship, family, competition, and teamwork.

My non-fiction book (aptly named Coaching Youth Basketball: Offensive Strategies) is an illustrated coaching book written for youth basketball coaches. It's full of helpful drills, offensive strategies, four basketball offenses, and several plays. There are play diagrams and pictures that really help explain how all of these drills and offenses work to make it easy for new coaches.

Me: I love it! And what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Jordan: I think that the biggest thing I can say is just to start writing. Don't get too caught up with having the perfect title or figuring out book covers or whatever. Just start to regularly dedicate time to writing and commit to it. Let's say you dedicate 30 minutes every morning to your craft. Some days you will write 1000 words and some days you will write 50. But you will keep making progress and before you know it you will have a written first draft.

Me:  Good advice. Now for those who want to know the man behind the books...tell me a little bit about yourself and how you decided to jump into being an author?

Jordan: I'm originally from Davison, Michigan, but moved to Central Florida a little over 5 years ago with my lovely wife to escape the cold winters. I have a beautiful young daughter and 2 bouncing bunnies that roam our home. My faith is central to my daily life and we are active in our local church. I love sports, especially basketball which I played in high school and coached for several years. I'm also a big Disney and Marvel fan. My favorite books of all time are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I also co-host a podcast called Home Impodcast that recaps every episode of the Tim Allen show from the '90s. Writing for me was a creative outlet that I was not getting through my professional career. I'm thankful for that career as it provides for my family, but I felt a need to be able to express myself more than just sorting and organizing data. What started out as a side experiment has turned into a passion that helps bring me fulfillment.

To purchase Jordan Lyons's books: 

Amazon 

To connect with Jordan Lyons: 

Website

Facebook

Goodreads

To listen to Jordan's podcast: 

Home Impodcast

Fiction and Nonfiction books by Jordan Lyons

Hanna's Inc will give you a taste of the good life!

I am here with the  talented chef and owner of Hanna's Inc, a catering company filled with all kinds of deliciousness! Carol Hanna is a close personal friend of mine and I have had the priviledge of eating one of her delectable entrées and I need to share her amazing cooking abilities with the world!

 

Me: So Carol, Tell me more about Hanna's, Inc.

 

Carol: Whether you’re planning for a special occasion such as a wedding or just have an upcoming meeting, you need to make an impact. This is where we come in. Hanna's Inc. can help you leave a lasting impression on your guests, co-workers, and clients. Let us plan and cater for your next event and give them a taste of the good life. We offer services from event planning, coordination, proposal planning, our very own online coffee shop and brand, catering, bakery and so much more.

 

Me: What is the price range? And how far does an order have to be placed in advance?

 

Carol: Most events need to be booked at least 3 months in advance for big events such as weddings, concerts, etc. However, if it is a catering service, small event or just need some last minute help we can do a day or so if we are available but we encourage at least 7-10 days in advance.

 

Me: What regional areas do you cater to?

 

Carol: We are based out of Tennessee and travel to our clients. We serve clients throughout  Tennessee, Florida, the  Carolinas,  New York and the Eastern US regions. For   our catering services, we offer a variety of food from a home cooked to a fine dining experience.

 

Me: What is the best part of owning your own catering business?

 

Carol: The best part of owning my own catering and planning business is that I get to serve others at an important moment of their lives while enjoying every second of it.

 

Me: What is the best meal you've made for an event?

 

Carol:  The best meal I have ever made for an event was lobster and shrimp and chicken pasta with garlic butter sauce, served with broccolini, a specialized salad, and one of our signature specialty sweet teas. It is my favorite because we got to dress the place up and serve this meal to homeless and low income families. It was one of the most memorable and favorite events.

 

Me: What's next for Hanna's Inc?

 

Carol: We have serval events coming up.  We will be making another cooking segment on WBIR-TV news on January 8th. Also we will be going on WATE-TV news on the 15th and 17th . Hanna's Inc puts on seasonal tastings and our Winter Tasting is on February 8, 2019. This year we have partnered with American Cancer Society and are making it a tasting fundraiser. Tickets are on sale and you can buy tickets off of our website, Facebook events, and on evenbrite.com. If you just want that personal touch you can always call one of us here at Hanna's Inc and buy your tickets that way as well.

 

You can contact Hanna's Inc:

 www.hannasinc.com

855-4A-TASTE (855-428-2783)

Info@hannasinc.com

 

 Social media:

https://facebook.com/Hannasinc

https://www.instagram.com/hanna.carol

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-hanna-289330104/

https://twitter.com/HannasInc

Author Carla Wilson- Squire

I wanted to feature Author and Motivational Speaker Carla Wilson-Squire on my blog post for the month of November. She talks about her pain, her past and her victorious path to freedom!

Me: So Carla. You have a debut novel. Tell us about it!

Carla: My book, "Look Beyond The Clouds and See The Sun," is about inspiring and empowering others to see past their experiences of pain , rejection, abuse, dissappointments  to birth their true purpose. Look beyond the terrible things that have happened to you and even the mistakes that you've made, and see something greater. Many times your purpose is wrapped up in your pain.

Me: How inspiring! And so true! What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?

Carla: So my desire is for people to take a different perspective when it comes to bad experiences. We must take all of the misfortunes, and the unfair things that have happened to us, and say "This is actually working for my highest good."

Me:  What is your inspiration behind your book?

Carla:  I was inspired to write my book because one day I was thinking about the events that had taken place in my life. I had divorced my now ex-husband of 12 years and had five kids. He was physically and emotionally abusive to me during our marriage. I was in the bathroom one day and I began to cry, wondering, "Why did all of this happen to me?"  In my spirit something spoke to me and said "You are to help and empower others." From that point I had this desire to use my story , my hurts and my devastation to help other people.

Me: And you are also a motivational speaker as well. How did that start for you?

Carla: I became a motivational speaker because I've always had a love for helping and encouraging people. At the age of 13 I was asked to speak at my church. They also asked me to go to other churches to speak. So I think that desire was planted then at a young age. I know that life can be rough and present many challenges. Because of this many people don't aspire to the Greatness that's within them. They allow life to make them powerless. So I'm a firm believer in Choosing to allow life to push you to Excel and not retreat.

Me: I love it! And I know your book is going to help others! What is next for you?

Carla: I am currently working on another book called "Get Back Up Again" It is for people who were doing good in their lives, had gotten on their feet, but due to some events they lost it all again. Its easy to stay stuck in that dark abyss, when you feel that everything you worked so hard for is now gone down the drain. You feel depressed and hopeless. So this book will inspire so many people. I have been scheduled to speak at a lot of events. Im so excited! Do what you love and love what you do! Impacting people to live their best life.

To purchase Carla Wilson-Squire's book: 

Amazon

To connect with Carla Wilson-Squire:

Facebook

Instagram

Website

 

An inspirational read!

Missionary Matt Drane

Missionary Matt Drane's advice on Ministry

I am here with Matt Drane who is a full time missionary for Chi Alpha Christian Ministries at the University of Memphis. Thank you for being with me today Matt! I wanted to ask you a few questions!

 

Me: How does someone get into full time ministry? 

 

Matt: It may look a little different for everyone, but step one will always involve prayer and getting wise counsel from spiritual authority figures that God has placed in your life. What kind of ministry is the Lord leading you to? Are there any educational requirements (college/seminary)? Is there an internship to give you a feel for this kind of service? This will help shape what the next steps will be for the kind of ministry you want to pursue. Pray for a servant’s heart and that the Lord will give you a great love for people, these are the two most important qualities for being effective in ministry and it is never to early to start developing them.

 

Me:  What was your path of becoming a full time missionary?

 

Matt: After I graduated from college, I began serving part-time with the same campus ministry that was instrumental in my spiritual growth during my time as a student. After my wife and I had our first child, we really felt the Lord directing us to full-time ministry. We stepped out in faith and transitioned out of our other jobs to begin raising the financial support we would need to serve as campus missionaries. This involved a long season of sharing our calling with individuals, families, and churches who would have a heart to partner with us in reaching university students with the love of Jesus. There was also an application and screening process with the organization we are affiliated with (Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship) to be recognized and appointed to serve as missionaries with their network.

 

Me: What advice would you give to those who are first starting out in the ministry field?

 

Matt: Find a mentor who is willing to meet with you, someone who is several years ahead of you in ministry or who is where you would like to be as a minister some day. Their wisdom and advice will be invaluable as you are starting out.

 

Me:  What are some problems or pitfalls that you've encountered along the way?

 

Matt: Be careful that you do not allow ministry to be all-encompassing in your life, taking time away from your family and your personal time with God. For many, ministry service can easily become an idol, so that is something to be on guard against. Your biggest responsibility in ministry is to maintain your own relationship with God and develop into the person He wants you to be. And your first ministry after the Lord is to your family, so prioritize the things that help keep those relationships healthy.

 

 

 

 You can listen to any of Matt's sermons on his ministry’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chi-alpha-memphis/id1034894711?mt=2

 

You can follow Matt:

Twitter: @xaMattDrane

 

Amd go here for more information about his ministry:

chialphamemphis.com